First from October 1: Active cases increase for 2 days in a row | India News
Active Covid-19 cases in India rose for the second day in a row on Sunday, the first time since Oct. 1 that the count increased for more than a day in a row.
Active cases increase when the count of recent infections is greater than the number of recoveries. The increase in the number of active cases over several days indicates a sudden increase in the pandemic. On Sunday, active cases posted a net increase of more than 2,500, the largest increase since Oct. 1. Since that date, in addition to this Saturday and Sunday, active cases registered a net increase only on November 14, since the pandemic showed a constant decline until October. The count is likely to drop again on Monday, a day when daily cases invariably see a sharp decline due to lower tests over the weekend.
Meanwhile, the country registered 2.92,475 during the week (November 15 to 22), approximately the same number that was reported the previous week (2.92,549). Daily cases remained low in the first two days of the weeks due to lower tests and other disruptions due to festivals (Diwali and Bhai Dooj). The cases subsequently spiked as several states in northern and central India saw a sudden rise in the pandemic, along with an increase in Maharashtra and Gujarat. The week’s death toll at 3,641 was slightly higher than the number recorded in the previous seven days, when 3,476 deaths were recorded.
On Sunday, 44,513 new cases were reported in the country, the first time in five days that the count had dropped below 45,000. The day’s death toll from the virus was 513, slightly higher than Saturday’s count of 500.
Delhi continued to report the highest Covid cases and deaths in the country. The capital registered 6,746 new cases and 121 deaths, both higher than the previous day’s figures.
This occurred even as Rajasthan recorded 3,260 new infections on Sunday, its highest count in a single day so far.
Maharashtra added 5,753 new positive cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, the fifth day in a row the state has recorded more than 5,000 cases in a 24-hour period. Maharashtra’s overall Covid count stood at 17,80,208. Active cases that had fallen below 80,000 last week for the first time since July 4 rose once again to touch 81,512 on Sunday.
The state capital, Mumbai, also saw an increase in daily detection and active cases. The city reported more than 1,000 cases daily for the third day in a row on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Uttarakhand Governor Baby Rani Maurya tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday as the hill state recorded 466 new cases. With this, the number of new coronavirus cases in Uttarakhand increased to 71,256. “The state also reported the deaths of nine Covid-19 patients, bringing the death toll from the virus to 1,155,” a state official said.